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Jakarta Post

Bandung man arrested for insulting Jokowi, Iriana on Facebook

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 22, 2017   /   09:00 pm
Bandung man arrested for insulting Jokowi, Iriana on Facebook First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (right) and her daughter Kahiyang Ayu (center) share a meal accompanied by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo after the siraman (ritual cleansing ceremony), one day prior to Kahiyang's wedding to Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution, at the President's private residence in Surakarta, Central Java on Nov. 7. (courtesy of/Joko Widodo family)

The National Police have arrested a man over alleged hate speech and insults against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, First Lady Iriana and other national figures.

The suspect, 38-year-old Hazbullah, was arrested at his home in Bandung on Tuesday evening, National Police cyber crime director Brig. Gen. Fadil Imran said in a press statement on Wednesday.

Fadil said Hazbullah had used four different Facebook accounts to spread hateful content to different groups on the social media platform. To hide his identity, the suspect used a fake name, Fajrul Anam, in all of the four accounts and used Iriana’s photo as a profile picture.

“The police are investigating his motives for committing the crime,” Fadil said.

The exact nature of the content distributed to the groups remains unknown. However, Fadil said all of the content was posted as a “provocative hoax.”

Hazbullah will be charged with Article 28 (2) of the Electronic and Information Transactions (ITE) Law and could face up to six years' imprisonment.

The police are also investigating whether other people were involved in the alleged crime. (ebf)